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Native American artifact program nears

PIPE: Jim Bickel of Huntington holds the “peace pipe” that was used at the 100th birthday celebration of Miami Indian princess Kil-so-quah. The event was held in Roanoke, Indiana, on July 10, 1905.

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Avocational archaeologist Jim Bickel, of Huntington, will present a program on Huntington County Native American artifacts at the Huntington County Historical Museum (HCHS), 315 Court St., on Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m.

Some of the artifacts to be exhibited will be from prehistoric times (12,000 B.C.). He will also display historic artifacts that once belonged to “Kil-so-quah,” the last full-blooded Miami Native American in Indiana.

Bickel has been studying Native American artifacts from this region for nearly 65 years. He has given more than 200 programs for the last 40 years, mainly to fourth-grade students from Huntington County schools, historical societies, museums, nursing homes, and social groups.

“I intend to display and talk about Native American artifacts that I have collected from residents of Huntington County for more than 60 years,” Bickel said in a statement.

Bickel will bring to the museum more than 200 artifacts that were found in Huntington County.

The program is free to HCHS members, and nonmembers will be charged a small fee. Refreshments will be provided following the program.